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Penn State Dance Marathon

2015 Penn State THON

2015 Penn State THON

2015 Penn State THON

2015 Penn State THON

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The 2015 Penn State Interfraternity Council/Panhellic Dance Marathon, or THON, was held from February 21st to 22nd. It is the largest student-run philanthropy in the world. It is a year-long effort that raises funds and awareness for the fight against childhood cancer. Since 1977, THON has raised more than $114 million benefiting the Four Diamonds Fund. This year alone, the students raised $13.026 million. During THON, which is held in the Bryce Jordan Center, students dance for 46 hours without sitting or sleeping. East Pennsboro Area High School student leaders Shane Shurock, Matt Dunkelberger, Justin Giesler, Conor Barber, and Vicki Kolev from East Pennsboro Area High School’s Mini-Thon attended.

Junior Matt Dunkelberger says “It was a great experience, and very humbling.” The East Penn students learned a lot about the history of  THON. Some of the activities held at the event included a fashion show, music, and games. Dunkelberger says that during the trip, they had lots of ideas for East Penn’s own Mini-Thon. Sophomore Conor Barber says that it was an “electric atmosphere.” He is already excited to go back next year. East Penn’s Mini-Thon will be held March 20th to 21st, and registration packets can be picked up during both lunch periods.

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